Expires 11:00 PM EST on January 23, 2005
Statement as of 12:48 AM EST on January 24, 2005
… Blizzard Warning remains in effect until 6 PM EST this evening
for Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts…
The blizzard is winding down northwest of Boston but it will be not
until sometime this evening that the dangerous combination of high
wind… heavy snow and blowing snow tapers to bands of squalls.
At least another 3 inches is slated for parts of southeastern New
England this afternoon… storm totals rivaling all time records.
Thirty inches has already occurred in parts of the warning area near
Boston and amounts may exceed 33 inches by the time this storm tapers
down tonight in Plymouth and Barnstable counties... along with 7 foot
A blowing Snow Advisory may be needed tonight for the exposed parts
of coastal southeast New England.
Bitter cold will ease a bit the next couple of days but another surge
of very cold air is expected here toward the middle or end of the
week. Temperatures are not likely to rise above freezing before next
Sunday or Monday.
Northerly winds will continue gusting 65 to 75 mph on Barnstable and
Nantucket counties this afternoon. This is still an extremely
dangerous life threatening storm from bostons North Shore through
Boston to Chatham and Nantucket because of severe blowing and
drifting of the newly fallen snow and tumbling temperatures.
Power outages should be widespread this afternoon on the cape and
Drifts of at least 6 feet are occurring.
A Blizzard Warning is issued when sustained wind speeds or frequent
gusts of over 35 mph are expected with considerable falling and/or
blowing and drifting snow. Those venturing outdoors may become
lost or disoriented... so persons in the warning area of coastal
Massachusetts are advised to stay indoors.
Any travel is strongly discouraged. If you leave the safety of being
indoors… you are putting your life at risk.